DOD to take over background checks for all agencies

With a current backlog of about 700,000 people waiting to complete the security clearance process to work for federal government, the Department of Defense is set to begin taking over the process for nearly all agencies, the Associated Press reports.  

According to the report, Pentagon officials have said that plans to move responsibility from the Office of Personnel Management to the Pentagon for all of the roughly 3.6 million Pentagon employees are already in process, but the agency will soon take responsibility for background investigations for nearly all other government agencies as well.

The DOD will not take over any of the current backlog cases, but the change would allow OPM to focus their efforts on reducing the backlog, the article adds, noting that about 500,000 cases of the backlog are DOD workers.

Reader comments

Thu, Jun 7, 2018 Bill

This is another failure waiting to happen. DIS was started by taking the background investigation function from the Naval Investigative Service and creating a separate agency to conduct background investigations for DOD. DIS was always a day late and a dollar short. Finally, they started augmenting the Agent force with contractors and that was a total failure. The mission failed and the agency eventually disbanded due to incredibly poor decision making and management at the headquarters level. It appears that OPM is doing no better. As the public becomes more aware of the importance of the security clearance program, it would seem beneficial to reevaluate the function and wherein should be placed. Having it returned to the DOD is a RX for a continued failure.

Tue, Jun 5, 2018 Dave Florida

SAM, the mess started before Trump, remember the breaches. Trump didn't destroy the system in a year an a half, it was already a mess. Stop the hate!

Tue, Jun 5, 2018 Mike

Perhaps another underlying issue behind this change is information security?

Tue, Jun 5, 2018 Mike

Perhaps another underlying issue behind this change is information security?

Tue, Jun 5, 2018 Sam USA

Congress and our current and former Presidents created the very costly background check backlog by Contracting our historically federal civil service jobs. In house civil service employees normally stay on the job, while outside contractors and Trump Administration employees come and go too fast to even conduct a good background check.

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